One-Day Grand Canyon Float Tours are Terrific for Labor Day Weekend

Labor Day (September 2 for 2013) is just around the corner. If you decide to participate in one of the one-day Grand Canyon rafting trips, the time to book it is now.

 A Busy Holiday Weekend

 This year the holiday falls on a Monday, meaning most of us will be able to enjoy a three-day weekend – an extra bonus I always look forward to! But Labor Day weekend (whether it’s two-day or three-day) is always one of the Park’s busiest times of the year.

 I’m strongly urging folks to book their Labor Day float tours at least a week before the weekend begins. You might be able to get away with booking only 72 hours in advance, but personally, I wouldn’t risk it.

 Labor Day weekends are always incredibly busy at the Park, but you can still find deals and discounts on float tours. After looking around, I’ve found some deals online that lower the retail price by 20%.

 Book with the Tour Company

 What’s the trick? Well, I never use any of the big travel broker sites to book my tours. I buy direct, on the tour company’s own website. The tour companies own and operate the tours. They’re in the best position to discount tickets and offer special rates, not a travel broker middleman.

 Some Info about One-Day Rafting Trips

 Most (if not all) Grand Canyon float tours begin at 7 a.m. and take the whole day. Tours leave from Tusayan, Arizona (just outside the South Rim’s main gates) and Las Vegas – your choice.

 Two versions set out from Tusayan. The standard version takes you by bus to the base of Glen Canyon Dam, where you’ll board a 19-passenger motorized pontoon raft for a 15-mile float down the Colorado River. The river portion ends at historic Lee’s Ferry.

 More “deluxe” Tusayan rafting trips start with a plane flight to Page, Arizona. That’s where you’ll board a Jeep for an off-road trip to the “Slot Canyons” in Antelope Canyon. You’ll then drive to Glen Canyon Dam for the rafting portion of your tour (identical to the standard version). Both trips end with a bus ride back to Tusayan.

 Vegas one-day float trips begin with an exciting chopper flight to the canyon bottom at the West Rim. Once you land, you’ll have about 30 minutes to explore on foot. You’ll then board a bus for a ride to the base of Hoover Dam – the departure point for your 11-mile float down the river to Willow Beach.

 Smooth-Water Rafting

 None of these float trips involve any whitewater – they’re all smooth-water experiences that active seniors and kids as young as four can enjoy. That makes them great activities for the entire family. It’s no wonder they’re so popular for holiday weekends.

 All-Inclusive

 They’re all-inclusive too, meaning the price includes lunch, all the necessary gear, a professional guide and Park taxes and fees. I suggest wearing a long-sleeved shirt, shorts, sunglasses, a hat and running shoes or river sandals. …

Top 5 Original Activities to Do in France

Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, Notre Dame de Paris cathedral, Versailles castle, France is definitely home to wonderful and well-known monuments. But why not get off the beaten tracks and opt for an original trip? This beautiful country is also rich with unsuspected places. Discover here the most exceptional sites to visit and the most surprising activities to practice during your French holidays.

Visit the Worlds’ Best Wine Producing Region by Taxi

Bordeaux and its surroundings are known for their large and beautiful vineyards. So, there are millions of tourists who go there every year to taste le most delicious and prestigious Grands Crus. But you can make your journey in the region unique by exploring it in a cab, and not just any cab. We are talking about an English taxi, an elegant right-hand drive black vehicle that you will have at your disposal all along the journey. For this purpose, you can choose the ideal cab for your wine tour in France, particularly in Bordeaux, on https://www.wine-cab.com.

The Sewers of Paris

Disgusting, do you think? Not that much! The Sewers of Paris, which measures about 2,600km long, are the largest and most modern sewers in the world. This labyrinth is used to collect and evacuate the water coming mainly from the rains as well as sewage from the city of Paris. The entrance depends on the Museum of Sewers of Paris but the visit of the museum alone is not necessarily worth the detour if you do not also go through the sewers. You will learn in a very educational way the creation, the operation and the utility of this underground network.

Montpellier Anatomy Museum and Atger Museum

Many people nickname the Anatomy Museum of Montpellier as “The Museum of Horrors”. Get prepare to find there misshapen skulls, hearts, livers, lungs, and bizarre sexual organs. All of these are authentic specimens that have being preserved for centuries to help study anatomy. Do not miss to pass in front of the two-headed fetus in a glass jar. This is a weird and unusual museum that is considered as one of the best of its category in the world.

While in Montpellier, you will also discover the Atger Museum where you will find medical collections including drawings and prints. Right next to the Museum of Anatomy and Saint Pierre Cathedral, the venerable Faculty of Medicine, a former Benedictine monastery, is home to this museum which is the oldest one in the city. The site has a superb collection of drawings from French, Dutch, German, Italian and Flemish schools, with works by Rubens, Tiepolo, Carrache and Fragonard. To see some drawings, stored in sliding cabinets, you will have to go through a dusty library with a cracking floor.…